Coral Sands Hotel
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Historical Traveler Reviews Coral Sands Hotel Harbor Island
Great Beach, Hotel Good. Food OK
Just got back on March13,2004. The place is receiving a face lift. Nice overall, but some rooms definitely better than others. Avoid loft room (hot, bare, small). Ocean view rooms can also vary. Definitely ask to see what they have available when you arrive if not satisfied. Food OK.
Much better at the Landing and other top restuarants. Good deal with kids if you find the right room. Consider visiting later in the year since the water is a bit cool. Beautiful pinkish beach. Nice pool and beachside facilities and main clubhouse. Small feel though not intimate. Nice island with walkable downtown.
A Week in Paradise
My family recently stayed at The Coral Sands in Harbour Island. Our experience turned out to be so much more than expected we can't wait to go back.
Apparently there is new ownership and management, and you could tell.
The grounds were so well kept, and the recently rennovated rooms made us feel pampered and like we were in another world!
The atmosphere was phenominal, the service couldn't have been more attentive, and the food was great (try the lobster sandwich at the beach bar).
We are definetely planning another trip back there this year (we were there in 2003). I can't wait to see the new rennovations they were preparing for when we left.
I highly recommend The Coral Sands for couples or families, our kids had the greatest time, and we were overwhelmed with creature comforts (the mattress and pillows should be for sale, we slept better than we ever have!)
Incredible beach resort!
My wife and I recently visited Harbour Island and stayed at Coral Sands after reading some great travel magazine reviews. Their pink sand beach did not dissapoint, it was absolutely incredible! Our room was perfect and the ocean view really made things special for us. Our only disappointment was having to leave, the meals were great and the staff treated us like royalty. We can't wait to get back!
The Sweetest Anniversary!
We just celebrated our 10th anniversary, on Harbour Island at Coral Sands Resort, our first time back since getting married there.
The resort has had a total make over, has a new owner, but has not lost one bit of its original charm. To our amazement several employees remembered us including the Harbour Island icon himself "Big Red" who oversees catering and special events at the resort. We all got a few laughs when we showed him our wedding photos that he helped coordinate and graced with his perpetual smile.
We could not have been happier with our stay, Dining at the resort's Poseidon restaurant was fantastic as they clearly re-earn their 5 star rating every evening!
Our room, the staff, the beach, and the incredible pink sand have made us commit to not waiting another 10 years to get back again. Our children are already complaining that they want to go back this summer.
We highly recommend to anyone that a stay a Coral Sands Resort will make the tops of your vacation memories.
My husband and I just got married and wanted to spend our honeymoon in paradise. We are so glad we made the choice to stay here. The service was friendly, the rooms were very clean and spacious. The beaches were breath taking. We cant wait for our first year anniversary to come back and spend it here!!!!
A new look
The hotel has been purchased in Oct. 2003 and is getting a total face lift. The new style is plantation colonial with hard wood floors, new mahogany furniture, new bathrooms etc. So far 17 rooms have been totally re-done. Soft renovations will take place during 2004 with new furniture, interior decoration etc until a full closing on September for main lobby/restaurants upgrade and furbishing. This hotel have had some bad reviews but should be given a secong look from now on.
The Bahamas in January are just like summertime, and the Coral Sands Hotel on Harbour Island was pleasantly beautiful and spacious. The hotel is currently renovating one of it's buildings, which didn't cause a problem. The chef prepared delicious food, and there's no worries about drinking the water or eating uncooked fruits and vegetables. There are many quaint shops on the island, and most people rent golf carts for transportation, but it's also extremely easy to walk! The island is small, about 1.5 miles across, and the inhabitants are very friendly. While shopping, we saw Elle MacPherson with her child and learned that other Hollywood celebrities live on the island during parts of the year. I understand why. It's like a tropical fantasy.
Beware of this hotel
As the family from Houston, we had a terrible experience at Coral Sands and I wish I had read their review before. The hotel misrepresents the quality of lodging on their website - unless you stay in the apartments, you will be lodged in dirty, shabby, dingy rooms with leaky A/C, worse than most motels. The staff is indifferent at the best, there are certainly no sailboats on offer, the public buildings, like most of the rooms are in a state of disrepair and the bar refused to make frozen drinks! We learned that the hotel is in the process of being sold and is obviously being starved of any investment - unfortunately the promotional materials do not mention that. Luckily, we were there out of season and were able to move out to a better place after just one night - even that was one too many. Terrible place!
Where are the beautiful rooms?
My husband and I took our 3 children to Coral Sands for Spring Break last week. We always research hotels before making our decision about where to stay. Coral Sands has a pretty good website with a picture of a fairly nice looking room. Imagine our surprise and disappointment when we entered our room! The linens were old and ratty, the carpet old and filthy, the bathroom old and full of ants. We should have realized that the ants were there to stay as there was a can of insect repellent in the cabinet under the sink...not exactly the most reassuring item to find in your hotel room. We then decided that perhaps the food and personnel of the hotel would make up for the poor accomodations...not the case. The staff, for the most part, was rude and slow to respond to any requests. The food at the beach bar/restaurant was so-so though they ran out of cheese on a Saturday and never had any for at least 4 days. We felt like it was an imposition to order anything and when we did it took a very long time to get the food or drinks. Our one dinner at the Poisideon was the worst meal we ate the entire time we were at Harbour Island. Finally, after 4 nights, we were lucky to find 2 adjoining rooms at Romora Bay Club. What a find that was for us and our children! We felt like we had started a whole new trip for almost the same price with incredibly better rooms, friendly staff, wonderful food, extensive wine list and prompt service. I have never been happier to leave a hotel than I was when we checked out 2 days early from the Coral Sands. We since have met several families who have had similar experiences there. I hope that should another family decide to visit Harbour Island, that they will stay anywhere but the Coral Sands!
Wedding at Coral Sands - Perfect
I just got back from a Bahamian wedding and honeymoon and could not have dreamed of a better experience. We had 80 friends and family join us for a week of celebration culminating in a sat afternoon wedding at the "point" on coral sands. It was truly a once in a lifetime experience, and Coral Sands made it all happen flawlessly. The property is beautiful (the beach has colors only seen in paintings), the accomodations comfortable (and wide ranging, some friends stayed in garden rooms at 160, others in new suites/apts), the island fun, and the Coral Sands staff so helpful. I could go on for pages, but emial if you want specifics. Nonetheless, I recommend Coral Sands to anyone and everyone.
TripAdvisor Reviews Coral Sands Hotel Harbor Island
Travel Blogs from Harbor Island
We made it to Spanish Wells early in the day and went into town to get a few groceries and take Sadie for a walk. Last time we were here, we arrived late Saturday and the stores closed on Sunday, pretty much most of the Bahamas is like this with a few exceptions. Took me a while to remember this and the fact that some settlements have no banking facilities as well. After going into town we decided to head over to Meek's Patch, which is about 1 nm ...
... and only yesterday did I see they finally received Chock Full o' Nuts ground coffee. Too late for us. Funny, though, we should be drinking coffee with roots from Hoboken, NJ while in Eleuthera, Bahamas. We had a similar reminder of home yesterday when we were served our drinks in Ball mason jars while at Daddy Joe's. Ball jar company is based in Denver. It IS a small world after all. I plan ...
... enjoy their stay a little more. I suspect we'll pass on a few gems of our own before leaving Saturday which, at this pace, seems like an eternity away. The other thing we learned from the guest book is, if you're uptight, or have traditionally western resort expectations for your vacation time, this is probably not the place for you. It is not a resort island and the local roads, infrastructure, building codes ...
... and reading the map!) hoping to find a snorkel sight. A note again about the driving mostly only carts on the roads, they drive on the opposite side of the road and streets are very narrow...no seat belts...no street lights it is so relaxing. We made it to a couple of nice spots on the pink sand beach but the surf and wind was too high to snorkel so we swam and played in the waves and of course walked the beach! On our mission to find the perfect spot we found a path ...
... that it has the same name as our local pub at home :-) It was approximately 15 minute walk to the end of the Island it is a very well kept town the homes are small nicely manicured and colorful, very clean no garbage around. The main form of transportation is golf carts the island is not big so lots of bikes, carts and walking. The restaurant was divine really lovely setting and the food was incredible, this area is known for it's lobster so I had that for dinner ...